Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 113
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Avg: 3.82
pDev: 26.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a pillowy persistent 3” light cream colored foam collar. Even after a few minutes a large mound of foam floats on top.
S: Spicy earthiness with traces of yeast and some light, slightly over ripe fruit. Definite grassiness as it warms up with traces of mint.
T: Complex layered flavors. Soft mildly biscuit malt, orange, pear, tropical and stone fruit, hints of pepper with a bitter hop accent on the finish. A little light sweetness that is well balanced by the hop additions and there is an assertive but not overbearing bitter accent on the finish. Finishes dry.
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, very soft.
O: I like this as well if not better than any of the import Belgian Pale Ales I have had.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before 01/2015, bottled 01/07/14. Poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy golden yellow. Massive 1" thick persistent rocky foam. Big chunks of lacing here and there. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: Orange and citrus.

Taste: Rich citrus, but not orange citrus - lemon, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits. There is a quick transition from that rich citrus hop flavor to a hint of something Belgian, and then some cracker/bready malts. The finish has some herbal and leafy notes, a hint of mint, and some more citrus flavors. A beer with a lot of amazing flavors - a perfect fusion of a Belgian Pale and a highly aromatic IPA.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth, not at all sticky on the teeth. Carbonation is not spicy or fizzy, really just right in complement to everything else.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm very impressed with this beer. Very well done and if there was a such thing as an American Belgian India Pale Ale, I suspect this would be the benchmark for the style. It definitely has aspects of a Belgian Pale, but the full hop flavor is all AIPA. Dangerously drinkable - wish I had bought a six pack.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

What a criminally underrated beauty this is. Pours golden orange, 3 fingers of perfect meringue head and legs from here to Sunday, lacing everywhere. The nose is orange peel and coriander, fruity Belgian esters and an abundance of floral, fruity hops. The palate follows suit, w a lingering, juicy finish and subtle astringency from the hops. Mouth feel is silky and resinous. Maybe others aren't getting this fresh, or maybe the new generation of citrusy hop bomb pales and IPAs is indeed ruining too many palates, but this is easily the best Belgian pale I've had outside of Orval, and the scores its receiving here baffle me. Ommegang, please keep making this and don't change a thing.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular looking beer from Ommegang. Giant chunky pile of white foam atop a lovely light orange colored beer. A big bubbly layer remains once the bulk of the head subsides. Sticky patches all around the glass.... Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit, lemon-lime, floral, banana pudding, and a soft dusting of coriander spice. Mouthwateringly forward fruit. Taste is very Belgian IPA. Sweet white bread grains, lemon, grapefruit rind, touch of passionfruit, creamy banana, zesty spice, and hop bitterness mingled with festive carbonation. Dry, brisk, very lightly resinous, and still creamy smooth. Overall a very nice Ommegang Belgian spliced with an IPA. Fruity, perky, warm, and welcoming with a nice amount of (far from overwhelming) bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of bsp77
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, cloudy orange with massive, frothy, clingy head. Now I have to wait awhile to drink it despite pouring very slowly. Well, I guess I can keep admiring it.

Smell: Smells halfway between a fruity & spicy Saison, and a citrus & pine driven IPA. While still clearly brewed with Belgian yeast, this has a more "American" aroma than anything else Ommegang has made.

Taste: Tastes like a Saison that has been demonically possessed by Humulus Lupulus. Fruity and spicy core with crackery malts, fleshy fruits, clove, pepper and banana. Just a great Belgian malt and yeast backbone. The hops are rich with grapefruit and pine. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Highly carbonated and effervescent. Body is on the lighter side and refreshing. Very dry finish.

Overall: Sort of a Belgian IPA, but more like a hoppy Saison. I have had a couple of attempts at hoppy Saisons before, and, while tasty, they were a little muddled and confused. This is not; this is superb and underrated on this site IMO.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Hops & Vines Asheville. Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick, fluffy resilient lacing.

S- Very fruity nose with a nice helping of rich Belgian yeast and pleasant hop aroma on the back end. Actually quite awesome.

T- Flavor has that yeasty twang to it that I like so much and the moderate hop bitterness does a great job complementing it. Good hop burps.

M- Tangy with a slightly milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This offering by Ommegang stands out as one of their best IMO. It nails that Belgian richness of flavor and aroma while being accentuated by the increase in hops. Great stuff.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into a sniffer with slight head. Has a golden pretty transparent and shows slight carbonation. Leaves good lacing.
Smell - good Belgium malt smell and earthy slight citrus smell.
Taste - good malt to hop balance but of course with a great hop taste. Taste a lot like the smell.
Feel - slight creamy taste, medium carbonation, clean taste.
Overall - great Belgium pale ale, I'd have it again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge quickly rising fizzy pillowy head that hits 3 fingers and forced me to stop pouring prematurely, fades semi slowly with lots fizzy bubbles and fizzy lacing, very hazy sediment laden bright orange honey color.

Nose brings lots of nice Belgiany aromas, floral, grassy and little hay like, hint crackery and hint floral spices, mild citrus rind, bit of esters, touch of a spicy hop with the floral and citrus.

Taste brings a mild sweet malt, caramel copper malt, with little cracker and grainy notes. Quickly into hops, very floral, grassy and mild citrus rind, lighter pith, with fair bitterness. Plenty of Belgian yeast additions, esters, floral spices, more citrus and fruity notes, little hay like doughy note, bit of pear and apple rin skin, hint of grape skin too, nice fruity musty notes. Finish gets pretty bitter, mild pith and rind lingering with mild citrus and floral hops, little grassy, fairly dry and little fruit skin.

Mouth is med bod, effervescent carb.

Overall great, this is exactly what I want in a Belgian Pale, nice floral grassy citrusy hops that aren't overpowering and just destroy the beer, a great Belgian yeast addition with esters, fruit skin, crackery notes, floral, etc, and a nice mild base malt to blend it all together, with a great effervescence. I think people completely miss the point of a Belgian Pale and expect it to be an American pale, like Flying Dog Raging Bitch which is just an American IPA as there is no Belgian note at all in it. I continue to love what Ommegang is doing and glad I can get regular access to most of their beers.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy solid gold color with the standard huge, lumpy Ommegang head that billows up over the rim. Aroma is a blend of hops and yeast for the most part...fruity grapefruit, lime, and peach, herbs, grass, and flowers over a pastry-like sweetness. Crisp, dry hoppy Belgian flavor. Lemon, herbs, peppery yeast, floral hops, citrus rind, light cracker-like grain. Dry, refreshing, and easy to drink. Tasty! Should probably be in the Belgian IPA category if we're going to recognize that as a style.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber with cold haze. Collar of half-whipped meringue on top with smear lacing.

The combination of hops and malt in the nose smells strangely like Dairy Queen ice cream cake! Musty malts, Funfetti, toasty kiss, vine berries, pomme, and herbal citrus. Uncanny. Phenomenal.

More cake icing creaminess with tangerine and almond notes. Bubblegum, amber ale malt, Belgian yeast ripeness, citrus twang, and sweet cake-y finish. So unique. Kind of hoppy, but really, just supremely balanced. Excellent fresh and on-tap.

Easy to drink. Spritzy like a pilsner, but more restraint is shown. Body has a little more oomph than your standard summer brewski. Lovable.

This beer really blew me away. Excellent one-of-a-kind ale.

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Photo of leantom
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really well made beer, like everything from Ommegang. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow-orange. Has a ton of carbonation, a great head, and leaves significant lacing. Good.

S: Lots of floral and tropical hops. Grass, flowers interspersed with pineapple, lemons, and oranges. Very good.

T: Good hops, but the yeast is significantly muted. I get some bready yeast, but it's just too faint. However, the hops make the beer taste quite good (they follow the nose).

F: Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: A solid beer. Wish it had more of that yeasty Belgian taste, but it's still good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on 11/25/13. Best by 11/2014.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and fairly spicy aroma with good hints of juicy hops and Belgian yeast. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with some hints of wet grass and pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Big presence of Belgian yeast with hints of clove and pepper. Also some hints of green apple and banana. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, straw, and cracker. A very good Belgian IPA style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy, earthy, and yeasty Belgian IPA type taste with good notes of hops and Belgian yeast. Good mix of floral, earthy, and citrus hops upfront. Notes of grass and pine. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Also some fruit notes of banana and green apple. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and white pepper. Soft pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian style Pale Ale. Good mix of Belgian yeast and lush hop flavors.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was served from the tap at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in one of their beautiful house snifters, showing a golden pumpkin orange coloring, and sporting a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, retaining excellently. Patterned lacing was left around the glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave dusty pale and amber malts, thick Belgian yeastiness, bright floral and soapy hoppiness, hints of lemon cleaner, magic marker phenols, freshly cut lawn, mothballs, and a bright lactic creaminess. The taste gave much of the same, with refreshing and juicy soapy, mossy, nectary, and floral hop blends, aside a palate of crisply toasted pale malts, amber and wheaty grain grit, metallic and savory Belgian yeastiness, walnut shell and oils, Graham cracker crust, light buttery diacetyls, honey sugars, plastic phenols, and bittering citric rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave great cream, froth, slurp, smack and pop, due in part to the persistent head, with the mouth left thickly coated, warmed, and gentled pulled into a pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank very well.

Overall, we’ve been trying to get this one under out belt’s for over a year now. Having lived an hour from Ommegang for quite some time, we always actively seek out every one of their new releases. This beer reminded us of just how incredible they are as premier brewers. The base beer is full, warming, and hearty, but what makes it fantastic is the thick layer of oily, organic hoppiness that they float overtop of it. The interplay between the decidedly Belgian malt bill and yeasty zest with the fresh floral and bitterly soapy hoppiness is both highly enjoyable and thoroughly refreshing. This was the best beer of a long night of tasting, and something we hope they will continue to stock. This is Ommegang’s most memorable in recent memory, and should encourage them to keep their hop game evolving.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why did it take so long for me to try this beer? Belgian yeast drive the profile, which is quite nice, and hops dominate a very dry finish lingering with fruity esters. Must be a fresh bottle, as I'm getting very minimal malt backbone, and I like it. Belgian Pale Ale all the way. Rated to style, I'm hard pressed to think of a better American-made iteration (admittedly there aren't too many well distributed versions to compare against). But even outside of style, this is quite nice. Very nice in fact. Shame on me for not trying this earlier.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang "Hop House"
12 oz./355 ml brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 01/07/14 BEST BY 01/2015"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Carefully poured so as not to disturb the lees, Hop House displays a mainly clear golden-amber body beneath a three-finger thick head of rocky off-white head that slowly settles into a dense 1" thick cap. The yeast pour will bring it to a fully cloudy orange and brass appearance with visible particulate in suspension. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing left about the glass is almost as good.

In the nose it's floral, softly piney, and delicately fruity combining soft citrus and tropical fruit notes with more of the usual fruitiness you get from yeast (tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon, peach, apple, red berries).

The first sip informs you that it has a light-medium body and a very fine-bubbled, gently effervescent carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. It's 'smooth' but it lets you know it's there.

In the flavor it's both spicy/peppery and gently citrusy over a grainy malt base, and each of the components display themselves clearly but also work with each other to combine as 'one'. Only a moderate bitterness is needed as the spiciness and gently tart fruit work together to balance the lightly sweet, grainy malt.

It doesn't have quite the slap that some Belgian-style hoppy pale ales do, but the trade-off to that is that its balanced refinement leaves it just that much more drinkable: it's complex without being overtly full in flavor, and that keeps your interest as you progress through it, continually looking for more subtleties.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby tulip; a bottling date of October 28, 2013 / freshness date of October, 2014 is printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle, making it 11.5 weeks old, or a bit over two and a half months (“PKG ON 10/28/13 BEST BY 10/2014”).

Appearance (4.25): Not surprisingly, the pour yields a thick, fluffy head (3+ fingers) of custard-colored foam, capping a hazy, apricot-golden colored body with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the base to the surface. The head dies down slowly, leaving a scattered suds and legs, please a few very thick, chunky arcs and bits of collars where the head’s sat for a bit.

Smell (4.25): This has a great combination of fruit esters, spices, and citrusy hops, underscored by Ommegang’s signature yeast aroma: honeyed biscuits, lemon zest, fresh-cut flowers, a mixture of light clove, black and white pepper, pear juice, and some pineapple flesh. The hops show some limeade and passionfruit, which kind of fly under the radar, with so much fruit character coming from the yeast.

Taste (4.0): It largely follows the nose, but more gently, placing more emphasis on some light, tart hop notes. Dry, lightly starchy biscuits, some sweet orange flesh, and tart lime zest populate the front and middle, floral tones throughout, grassy bitterness that picks up in the mid-palate and carries through to the finish fill it out. Moderate white pepper, black pepper, and light clove and coriander all float along underneath everything else. It’s got a very good flavor and fits the style well, but it feels a little less robust than some Belgian Pales.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Like other Ommegang beers, this has a solid, full carbonation that foams up easily and tingles all over lightly. This one also has a light- side of medium-weight feel, dry body and a solidly dry, moderately resinous finish. Very, very easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): I mean, generally speaking this is really my kind of beer. I love Belgian Pale Ales, I love Ommegang, and I love deft dry-hopping. It’s exceedingly easy to drink, with an excellent aroma, appearance, feel, and very good flavor, but it feels like they dialed back the spice and yeast character of BPA and emphasized the hop notes, swapping noble hops for more American-ish ones. Either way, I really do dig this beer. Now I just want to try it super-super-fresh, and/or with an alternate dry-hop regimen.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a balloon glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a big, fluffy head of off-white foam. Very nice looking beer.
Aroma-Aromatic Belgian spices, subtle hop note
Taste-White grapefruit and pear, herbal hops. Well-balanced and almost Saison-like. Very nice food beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always to see new small format offerings from Ommegang. They always bring a quality product but I don't always wanna shell out the big bucks.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard snifter with a fairly hazy, deep golden-orange body. Head immediately starts to form upon pouring and builds up to several fingers high with a thick, whipped creamy texture. Very nice retention. Lace rings start as soon as the foam begins to fall and a huge blanket coats most of the glass as I sip.

S- Hops are strong but the yeast is just behind it in an aroma with good overall strength. Hops have an overall feel of citrus but some stone fruit and spicy hints are noted as well. Those last two could be yeast which overlaps well with a spicy Belgian feel, tangerine and an herbal feel.

T- As with the nose, a good balance is struck between yeast and hops. The yeast feels sort of like a French Saison type strain with notes of peppercorn, lemon zest, cooking herbs and spices, tangerine stone fruit and a light pear fruit quality. Hops mix in well with orange citrus, slight tropical fruit and some spicy herbal characteristics.

MF- Super high carbonation but it isn't bothersome as the body is superbly creamy in texture. This helps accentuate those hop and yeast volatile compounds nicely allowing them and a light bitterness to linger on the palate for some time.

Reminds me of a homebrew I once made and some of the hoppier Stillwater offerings. The yeast seems in the French Saison range but not quite as spicy in a way.

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Photo of CrenshawThorpe
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky with sediment, I laughed at the instruction to pour gently, swirled and dumped the full contents of the bottle into the glass. I refuse to kneel before the iron fist of bottle instruction tyranny because I am a dawn rider at the gates of oblivion and I am not a serf.

Pornographic yellow colonies of sludge speckled the head.

It's Ommegang: Belgian style, bottle-conditioned beer but this time with a healthy and satisfying dose of hops, but nothing overpowering; enough that you can taste it, but nothing approaching an IPA or anything like that.

Those who find other Ommegang beers too sweet for their palate should give this a shot.

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Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, almost amber. The white head is fluffy and large, settles into a light cap leaving some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Clove and juicy fruit come through in the nose. Some apple and tropical fruit notes. Good grassy hop notes in the back end. Good BIPA notes

There is more of a balance in the taste as the hops pop through more. Fairly strong grassy and peppery hop flavors, some resin. The malt is crackery, perhaps slightly bready. The yeast provides nice clove and juicy fruit notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes quite dry.

A very good Belgian IPA. Good balance between the hops and yeasty phenols. It could be a touch lighter in the malt.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden color with darker brown hues. Mildly hazy. Towering rocky white head is doggedly persistent. Foamy and clumpy lacing firmly affixes itself to the glass.

S: Floral hop aromas. Pithy citrus smells of white grapefruit and tangerine. Plenty of doughy yeast. Ghostly hints of white pepper and spice. Soft grain.

T: Yeasty with a white pepper and clove spiciness. Doughy and a bit earthy. Malts lend a bit of toasted crust. Hop bitterness is formidable. Grassy, oily, green. Flashes of grapefruit. Pithy and floral too. Clamping bitter finish with some grain and toast.

M: Medium bodied. Firm malt body. Hop oils. Crisp carbonation.

O: A little more bold, bitter, and rough than Fleur de houblon, and a little bigger all around too. The label offers a smattering of pairing suggestions, including pizza and burgers. I disagree. This is not a pizza or burger beer. At least not under normal circumstances. Some sort of creative 'artisan' pizza or burger maybe. I can see it meshing well with an arugula laden salad.

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Photo of Act25
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great one from Ommegang.

A: Pours a huge, rising pillowy head that hits 3 fingers and forced you to stop pouring. fades slowly with crusty orange lacing, topping a yeasty, orange honey body.

S: Plentiful nose brings Belgian aromas: floral, grassy and very hay like, with floral spices, citrus rind, esters spicy hop of floral and citrus.

T: Follows smell with sweet malt, cracker and grain. Quickly into hops, floral, grassy and mild citrus rind, lighter pith, with fair bitterness. Plenty of Belgian yeast, floral spices, citrus and fruity notes, much hay, fruit skin, fruity musty notes. A bit cidery. Complex, wine like.

MF: Finish is nicely bitter, mild pith and rind lingering with citrus and floral hops, and fruit skin.
Mid bod, effervescent carb.

Overall great, pay attention to Ommegang!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, mixed citrus juice and tropical fruit, bready malt and hints of Belgian spicing. Flavor is biscuit malt, citrus hops, light stone and tropical fruit, light Belgian yeast and spicing. Medium bodied. An interesting Belgian / American hybrid, with the hoppy pale ale taking the forefront, but with nice Belgian yeast character in the background. An interesting converse of a Belgian IPA with the Belgian character at the fore. There is an interesting earthy, peppery flavor in the finish that is probably clove interacting with the hops. A very nicely made pale ale with interesting flavors from both inspiring styles. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have seen this many times but never gotten despite normally being a fan of Ommegang. Finally picked one up as part of a mixed 6 from Ye Old. Excellent looking beer, cloudy with a great head that stuck around and grabbed the glass. Smell was outstanding but no overly strong. Mixed feelings about the taste. Did not have the bang of an IPA but smooth and drinkable without the overwhelming bitter aftertaste that can turn me off. Overall I enjoyed the beer very much, but not enough to buy regularly unless I could find it at a good cost.

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Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev +6%

Ommegang Hop House - 6% ABV Belgian Pale Ale - Consumed October 14/2014.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with four fingers of white froth and globs of lacing on glass. A few bubbles in the body. Head and lace retain for duration of beer. An attractive brew.

S: Spicy yeastiness, wheat husk, soapy hop, melon fruit, alcohol esters, unripened banana, black pepper, some phenols and lemony notes as well. Nice hop-forward nose.

T: Yeasty-spicy-wheaty flavours upfront, black pepper, melon fruit, phenols and green banana mid-palate, balanced hop bitterness precedes a long, ultra-dry finish. A flavourful and satisfying quaff, and exactly what I expect for the style.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, oily middle, spicy-peppery carbonation, mild hop bitterness transitions to a bone-dry finish. Excellent palate.

O: A well-exectued hoppy Belgian pale with enticing flavours and aromas. Drying, spicy, and fruity, just like a good BPA should be.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.